Thursday, January 24, 2013

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 is . . . competent

If you want more Buffy, then that's what you'll get from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8.  Written by Joss Whedon and Brian K. Vaughn, there's lots of Buffy and Willow and Xander, and Faith and all the rest of the characters from the show.  There's monster slaying sprinkled with jokes about looking cute.  Everything is competently executed, including the art.  Georges Jeanty is the penciller for most of issues #1-10 and draws pretty good likenesses of the stars.

But I actually think that's the biggest problem with the comics.  Comic adaptations where the characters are drawn to look like the real life actors almost never work.  Instead of simply enjoying the character and story, I'm constantly thinking, oh, that drawing does look like Sarah Michelle Gellar.  Sort of.  And thus, every panel, I'm pulled out of the story.

I don't think it's a coincidence that far and away the issue I enjoyed the most was #5, a stand alone issue featuring a new character.  Otherwise, I read the 10 issues, and got my money's worth.  But I had no desire to look through them again, or buy any future issues.  The comics are available at Amazon, $10 for the first five issues.